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Qatar to name fund after Al Jazeera cameraman

Ali Hassan Al Jaber will be honoured by humanitarian foundation after being killed in Libyan unrest

Qatar to name fund after Al Jazeera cameraman
Al Jazeera news channel

A charitable fund is to be set up in Qatar in tribute to Ali Hassan Al Jaber, the Al Jazeera cameraman killed while covering the uprisings in Libya.

The Sheikh Thani bin Abdullah Foundation for Humanitarian Services (RAF) announced on Wednesday the plan to name the fund after the cameraman.

Ali Hassan Al Jaber was returning to Benghazi from a nearby town after filing a report from an opposition protest when unknown fighters opened fire on a car he and his colleagues were travelling in.

Two people including Al Jaber were shot. Al Jaber was rushed to hospital, but did not survive.

Ayed bin Dbassan Al-Qahtani, RAF director general said the fund would be open to all individuals, institutions or companies, adding that RAF will allocate QR500,000 as an initial amount to the fund.

He said in comments published by Qatar News Agency that the foundation was now working to meet all the legal procedures needed to formally launch the fund.

Al-Qahtani said that the proceeds of the fund will be allocated for humanitarian cases across the Middle East and North Africa region.

Wadah Khanfar, the director-general of Al Jazeera, said the network "will not remain silent" and will pursue those behind the ambush through legal channels.

He said that the killing came after "an unprecedented campaign" against the network by Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.